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How do I create a lens flare effect?

How was the following design made? It's very beautiful, and I'm trying to recreate it on my own. When I'm done, I'd like to have a "correct answer" to check my answer against.
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Where can I input a color palette and find combining colors that fit in?

I use the Affecton template in a bit different way that it was designed to be used probably. I do not have as much content as it was designed to support. I have only couple of pictures on the page and ...
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image as a background doesn't fill all the page

I changed my html code with for the multi image background to work with Internet Explorer. Since this change, I have a white border all around the page. Did someone know why it doesn't fill all the ...
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Drawing trees from above

I'm working on an animation background which involves a high angle shot of a forest. I searched on internet to hunt some references for the trees and other foliage from such an angle. I could only ...
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Removing background from .GIF image

Original Image: My try: This is the image. I tried using Polygonal Lasso Tool, but the edges doesn't appear to be OK. Is there more precise way to remove the background and leave the letters ...
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How to draw Aqua backgrounds like this?

Can please somebody tell me how to draw a background like this? The gradient in the background is not a big deal, but the lines... I guess it can be done in Photoshop or some other tool. Maybe ...
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Transparent background on my logo

Hiya I am fairly new to illustrator. I have made a logo for my client, which is all vector and ready to handover. I've saved a pdf version and an .ai version to give to him and these are good, but ...
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How can I keep my background layer always locked?

The Background Layer is locked. I duplicated the file to Background Copy. Go to chop the Background Copy. The locked background changes and no longer is locked. Please help me reset my settings ...
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Recommended practices for working with backgrounds in flat design

I am doing an Android app, actually re-disigning it, because the previous design was terrible. I'm not a designer, neither the guy who did the first version, we're both developers, but I do like the ...
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Creating a perfect background blur?

I have looking through DeviantArt and the background of one of the web interfaces caught my eye. I tried to replicate it but couldn't get anywhere near the perfect effect. http://numarislp....
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How do I create a speckled textured background?

How do I get this sort of background texture? Short of time-consumingly adding them bit by bit with a brush I have no idea how to get this effect.
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How can I add shapes to anchor points in illustrator?

I'm trying to make a connected dots background quite similar to this. What I'm doing is using the pen tool to make triangles and then manually dragging circles to the anchor points, is there an ...
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The easy way to modify icon color & its background color

Sorry for the question. I am new to graphic design. I am a developer. I just bought an icon bundle for iOS & Android applications. I found that the colors are only black & while. The icons ...
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Change the background color of an iDraw file?

I have an iDraw document and I want to make the background transparent. How can I do that in iDraw?
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Best image size for responsive css background image

I am looking for a particular px size (WxH) image that would be the best dimensions to use if you wanted to call a single image that could be called as the background image for a mobile device using ...
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Where to find a milky-way skysphere map?

I'm doing a PovRay scene and am using NASA's Blue Marble images as a source to render earth. I also found some maps for the moon and the sun. Now I also want to have the milky way in the scene. The ...
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Rotated tiling background

How do I rotate the this image by 30 degrees but still have it be tileable? http://i.imgur.com/OXQ8cD4.png
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Is there a program that handles text background well?

Paint is the best I've found until now. I need the ability to add a background to text and also control padding. Paint would be perfect if it didn't squeeze text to the left and made equal padding ...
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How calculate 2 colors for red gradient button with same ratio as 2 colors for blue gradient button?

I have gradient button that generated by 2 colors:#0880A9, #066383.(blue). I want to create button with red gradient that have same ratio as my blue gradient. How should i do this calculation? (...
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How do I keep transparency from one AI file to another?

I am trying to create a a shape for a project. As I started to create it, I realized that when I go to copy it into my other AI file, it has a white background to it and transfers over to my page as ...
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Range Problem when remove background or whitening in Photoshop?

I have one *.BMP Picture (110 MB in size) that has a background. I want to remove it's background (white background). for showing my works in Photoshop I convert my *.BMP because of large size to *....
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How to create smallest repeatable background image from a large pattern?

My designer has sent me a background image for a website we're working on that is just diagonal lines, but the image is very large and I would like to make it as small as possible and then set it as a ...
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clean up the background for scanned document

Could anyone please teach me how to clean up the background of a scanned document, using PS? Does PS have text recognition function that I can use to extract the text, because essentially the text is ...
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Replicate the Invisible Black Background on Photoshop

There is a technique in photography, called Invisible Black Background. You can find details about it in this blog post Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background An example image is this ...
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Continue Fill for Background Image

I have an image I'm using as background which is 3000px by 1500px. For responsive design, I need to extend it to 3000 x 3500. It is an image of a river, and I want to continue the look of the river ...
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How to normalize / equalize background to make gradient more uniform

Here's the situation: I'm designing a banner for a client. He provided me a png file that has a gradient background. My banner is larger (wider) than the content provided so I have to recreate the ...
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Retouch an image pattern so it may be used as a repeating background

I have the following image pattern: If I repeat it as a web page background the variation in color and brightness are very visible at the tile edges. What can I do to retouch this image so the ...
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How to recreate a common startup trend — tinted background image

I'm trying to create a design for a startup I'm involved with where there's a background image that's been tinted by a colour. Examples of what I'm looking to recreate include the background header ...
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How can I merge two objects in Illustrator? [duplicate]

In Illustrator how can I merge this roof vector to the background of the square? roof and square
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Custom Background Resizing As Needed

Is it possible to make a square pattern gradient coloured background that resizes as a webpage grows downwards? A square pattern, dark color - light color - dark color etc and as it goes up it gets ...
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How to create this effect in photoshop CS5 [closed]

First let me start off by saying that I'm a programmer and have very little experience with Photoshop, so thanks for helping me out! I'm trying to create a background for my main view, but I'm not ...
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Creating Rolodex-Style Flipping Numbers Sprite in Photoshop?

So Apple recently had a countdown to their 1 billionth app download and it used a rolodex flipping type of effect. This actually turned out to be running on a sprite image which is composed of ...
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Critique background color / gradient to use

I'm in the process of putting a site together. I have very limited knowledge regarding Photoshop (but I am trying!!). The site is being built to display some images of mine. I'm a photographer by ...
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Optimal background for an emblem mobile wallpaper?

I am trying to find the ideal background for this personal emblem that I made to use as a mobile lock screen wallpaper. However, I am spending too much time trying to achieve the ideal background for ...
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How to make a subtle ambient abstract art/effect

I'm trying to make a subtle/ambient/abstract background like the following: I am not sure what the style is called, any instructions on how to make that background effect would be much appreciated. ...
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How to make a noise/paper background in PS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create this grunge texture effect How can I achieve this kind of background in Photoshop? Seems like a noise/paper pattern.
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Background to create comic book

I am not a graphic designer but a programmer. Recently i wrote a short story in answer of a technical question. Then I realized if i convert it into graphical comic book story then it would be more ...
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white layer background and bleed? [duplicate]

I am preparing a document to send to print. I was asked to add bleed. Is it necessary for a no background document? The image on the design will not go all the way to the edge. Or should I add a ...
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Trying to make a picture's background fit with a background that the picture is on

I have a picture on top of a background that is wider than it and the background colors don't match. I tried to use the eye drop but you can still tell it does not blend in. I was wondering if i can ...
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Importing a photoshop file into illustrator without a white background

I'm trying to import a .psd file into illustrator without showing the background. I have one layer in photoshop, showing only the transparent image. I've saved it as .psd, and .png files. But ...
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Make image vertically seamless?

Any idea how make this image vertical seamless..I tried lot in ps..but no result.. or..tell me..where can I found this type of images(one side designed and seamless)?
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Photoshop: Smoke with semi-transparent background?

I'm attempting to make a transparent logo that uses a smoke effect. I used the tutorial found here to do so: Photoshop CS5: Setting a black background to transparent However, I am having issues as ...
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How can I remove the background from this image?

I have this image, and I want to erase the grey background from it, but conserving the blue aura from the hand. Can anyone tell me how can I do it?
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Illustrator: How to prevent layers showing white background?

Just installed Illustrator CC. Coming from PS, I would really like to see a 'transparent' background in my layers. In PS, you see a checkered background when no pixels are present in the canvas -- ...
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Making a square pattern background

I want to make a basic square pattern background in Photoshop. However, I'm a real newbie at it. My plans are to make a 70x70 pixel square and divide it into 4 squares - each one with 35 pixels. Then ...
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Gradient background

I bought a template and I want to change the background. Now it is looks like this: I have this background: How can I make from this a gradient background like on original image?
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transparent jpg?

This is my jpg photo with sky as background. I didn't do anything on it. there are no layers or layer masks. But when I place it in indesign, the background becomes transparent. I don't understand why....
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How to create a concrete surface texture to use as background

I am trying to achieve this noisy background behind the cards. How can I recreate this effect?
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Extracting background texture from PSD file

I'm new to Photoshop. I have just started to learn from seeing and using free web templates available on the net. I have this good looking web template in a PSD file. The background has a nice ...
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Help With Futuristic/Modern Swirls in Illustrator

I'm looking to make futuristic/modern swirls in Illustrator for a background for a project that I'm doing. Here's an example I found: I don't want to rip the picture off and I'm not looking for ...